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Sophie Gradon’s parents reject ‘cocaine and alcohol’ death verdict – claim it was a rare brain condition

Sophie died last year (Picture: ITV/Wenn)

Sophie Gradon’s parents have denied an inquest verdict which stated their daughter died by suicide after consuming cocaine and alcohol.

The Love Island star was aged 32 when she was found dead at her parents’ home in Medburn, Ponteland, Northumberland on 20 June 2018.

Coroners ruled today there was no third party involvement in Gradon’s death, and she hanged herself after taking cocaine and alcohol.

Gradon’s parents, Deborah and Colin, however have rejected this verdict and claimed she suffered from an undiagnosed brain condition which led to her death.

Sophie Gradon’s inquest was held today (Picture: PA)

The parents stated a post mortem revealed their daughter had been living with Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) – a condition which causes an abnormal connection between arteries and veins and can affect a person’s state of mind.

Speaking to The Sun, the pair said: ‘We needed more time to research and talked to a leading psychiatrist and neuroscientist.

‘They both unanimously agreed that Sophie’s cerebral and cognitive reasoning would have been influenced by the presence of the AVM in her brain.

‘We believe Sophie started to become symptomatic in December 2017. We noted an acute change in her personality and behaviour.’

They claimed Sophie was convinced she suffered with ADHD and often remarked how her ‘brain wasn’t working right’.

Sophie was struggling with depression at the time of her passing, and was officially diagnosed in 2013 and was taking medication for social anxiety disorder.

Her body was found by boyfriend Aaron Armstrong and his brother Ryan, who had driven to the house after Aaron grew concerned about Sophie’s lack of social media activity.

Sophie’s boyfriend, Aaron, 25, took his own life just weeks after she died.

An inquest in North Shields, North Tyneside, on 19 March found that Armstrong died by suicide, with hanging cited as his cause of death.

Sophie’s parents both decided not to attend the inquest into their daughter’s death today.

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